Internet governance is presently at a crossroads; it is a decisive time for the future of digital policy. The international community must address the risks and vulnerabilities of technology, while still ensuring digital growth and innovation.
The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), initiated by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) of Switzerland in 2014, provides a neutral and inclusive space for digital policy debates, recognised by the majority of global actors as a platform where different views can be voiced. The GIP is operated by DiploFoundation.
Geneva is one of the main hubs where digital policies are debated, evaluated, and adopted. It is a hub where innovations are fostered, where policies are debated, where leaders, experts, and decision-makers meet regularly - and a place where solutions are born and implemented.
More than 50% of digital policy issues are addressed in Geneva.
The GIP was created in response to the following needs:
The GIP’s functions are to:
The activities are implemented based on several pillars, including: a physical platform in Geneva; the GIP Digital Watch observatory providing the latest updates, overviews, instruments, resources, events, and actors, on each of the 40+ Internet governance and digital policy issues and processes; a dialogue and innovation lab.
The GIP serves permanent missions based in Geneva with tailored briefings and briefings on developments in Geneva IG politics. The GIP also works to strengthen the participation of small and developing countries (including those which - due to limited resources - have no permanent representations in the city) in Geneva-based digital policy processes, and supports the digital policy initiatives of Geneva-based institutions. The support includes tailored individual consultations, and online meetings to maximise resource use.
The GIP facilitates research for an evidence-based, multidisciplinary digital policy approach beyond existing policy silos, and provides tools and methods for in situ and online engagements that can be used in other policy spaces in International Geneva and worldwide.
The GIP’s Steering Committee members are: the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), and the Republic and State of Geneva.
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Dr Tereza Horejsova